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37 Best Christmas Side Dishes For Prime Rib

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Christmastime is my favorite time of year, and having a delicious Christmas dinner with the best side dishes is all a part of the appeal. In this post, I’ll share with you some of the best side dishes to go with your prime rib dinner this holiday season. From yorkshire pudding to brussels sprouts, I’ve got you covered with what to cook for your holiday dinner.

Every holiday season, my family cooks up a big dinner to be shared with loved ones. In this post, you’ll find some amazing side dishes to pair with your holiday roast to make your dinner party the one that your friends will be talking about for years to come.

Besides finding some delicious sides, get my prime rib recipe that will be sure to please a crowd.

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip The Side Dishes

Side dishes make up for the main dish and they are important to round out your bigger meal. Also, if some of your guests are vegetarian or vegan, it also gives them plenty of options to choose from.

Suggested Read: Vegan Thanksgiving Sides You Need To Try This Year

Side dishes not only add flavor and texture, they complete your holiday feast for your family and friends. Plus, with so many amazing options at the holiday table, why not show off your exceptional cooking skills by adding a few of your favorite dishes?

What Is The Difference Between Prime Rib And Roast Beef?

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between prime rib and roast beef. The difference is that prime rib is taken from the ribs, and roast beef can be taken from the shoulder, neck, rump or chest area. Some roast beef is also called steak.

What Vegetables Go Well With Prime Rib?

While the side dishes listed in this post are all amazing choices, some of the best vegetable sides for your roast dinner are green beans and spinach. Adding a side of mashed potatoes will pair just as nicely and you have yourself a well-rounded meal.

Best Side Dishes For Prime Rib Dinner

These amazing holiday side dishes will be sure to complement your Christmas prime rib roast.

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Quick and easy and sure to please a crowd when your are tight on time. Be sure to add parmesan cheese for a delicious holiday meal!

Green Bean Casserole

What’s a holiday dinner without green beans? Try out my green bean casserole recipe plus 8 other green bean recipes for your to choose from in case you’re in the mood for something a bit creative.

Southern Style Sweet Potatoes

The ultimate dinner party causes for the perfect side dish: enter brown sugar, buttery goodness and deliciousness with my favorite southern style sweet potato recipe.

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Garlic Butter Mushrooms

These yummy and delicious garlic butter mushrooms will make the perfect complement to your roast this holiday season. Enjoy!

Acorn Squash

What better way to accompany a delicious meal than to pair it with acorn squash? This simple, yet filling recipe will have your guests coming back for more.

Yorkshire Pudding

This traditional English staple is a must for your roast dinner. Made with simple ingredients, this airy and fluffy dish is the perfect pairing with your prime rib dinner.

Most Popular Sides

Butternut Squash

Another perfect pairing with your prime rib roast is butternut squash. This warm and soothing veggie is the perfect side dish for your holiday meal.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are one of my favorite veggies! Add them for a bit of greenery to your dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper for added flavor.

Creamed Spinach

Another fave of mine during Christmastime. This holiday favorite won’t get passed up at the table. Enjoy it will it lasts!

Creamed Kale

Sauteed creamed kale topped with cherry tomatoes and yogurt sauce sounds so divine!

Roasted Broccolini

This healthy addition to your hearty meal is the perfect balance for those who want a lighter side dish.

Green Beans

Another holiday favorite that dinner guests will enjoy. Pair it with your favorite condiments for the ultimate side dish.

Stuffing

My absolute favorite! Stuffing, or “dressing” as I call it, is a must have this holiday season. Add mushroom gravy for a delicious treat!

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Candied Carrots

Sweet,candied carrots are a favorite in my family. Add them to your side dishes as you enjoy your roast dinner with family and friends.

Mushroom Risotto

Who doesn’t love risotto? This Italian favorite would be the perfect side dish or meal for your vegan or vegetarian friends who will be equally pleased.

Roasted Beets and Feta Cheese

Add a refreshing side of veggies with roasted beets sprinkled with feta cheese. You can also try this dairy-free version if you have loved ones who are skipping dairy.

Garlic Roasted Asparagus

This delicious side dish will complement your roast perfectly. Add a bit of roasted garlic for the ultimate side dish at your next holiday dinner.

Corn Pudding

Corn pudding would be perfect to accompany your roast this holiday season. Pair it with greens and you’ll have an amazing spread.

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

A southern comfort that always tastes so good no matter what the main course is. Add this crowd-pleaser to your next side dish and enjoy this southern staple!

Mushroom Recipes

Sauteed Mushrooms

The perfect button mushrooms or your favorite kind will make an excellent holiday side for your prime rib this holiday season.

Easy Potato Recipes

Au Gratin Potatoes

To complement your main course, try adding au gratin potatoes to your menu. This delicious side dish is a simple recipe that will be ready in no time.

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are the perfect pairing with your prime roast dinner. Enjoy them this holiday season.

Candied Yams

This classic southern dish is sure to be a favorite amongst many during your holiday dinner party.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love delicious and creamy mashed potatoes. Enjoy them this holiday season with your prime rib roast.

French Fries

For those who just want something quick, a simple side dish of a french fries is perfect for kiddos or folks who like to keep things simple.

Salad Recipes

Kale Salad with Crispy Bacon

A healthy and refreshing salad is the perfect side dish to accompany your roast dinner. Add a sprinkle of crispy bacon on top for a bit of crunch or opt for croutons.

Fall Farro Salad

This filling salad can be the perfect side dish for your vegetarian and vegan friends who want something filling, yet light. Try adding it to your menu this season.

Holiday Apple Salad

Apples in salad equal plain joy. Try adding your favorite apples to this amazing salad.

Pear Salad

Warm, decadent pears make this salad shine bright. Your guests will be coming back for seconds once you put this on the table.

Simple Salad

A simple salad is the perfect starter for your course. Add some red onions, cucumber and tomatoes with a vinaigrette dressing and your simple salad will simply please your guests.

Festive Winter Salad

The winter salad will please your guests with its colorful display. Make sure to add this one to your side dish list.

Easy Creamy Sauce Recipes

Heavy Cream Recipe

Use this heavy cream recipe to top off salads, breads, stuffings or whatever you’d like!

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Horseradish Sauce

Add this sauce to pour over your roast for added flavor for your guests this holiday season.

Mushroom Gravy Sauce

A favorite in my family, mushroom gravy goes well with everything. Mashed potatoes, roast and even your stuffing for the perfect prime rib dinner.

Easy Instant Pot Recipes

Looking for something quick and easy? Try these delicious instant pot recipes that are perfect for a festive dinner.

Delicious Steamed Broccoli

Did you ever think you could cook fresh broccoli into the ultimate side dish by using an instant pot pressure cooker? I follow this steam broccoli instant pot recipe as it is low carb and offers the tender vegetables factor to dishes with starch and protein. Add this to your roast dinner for the healthiest side dish that packs a punch of flavor.

Instant Pot Lentils Recipe

In my eyes, the perfect meal is packed with extra flavor and health benefits, but requires less time cooking it in the kitchen. This side dish can also pair nicely with cornbread for those of your guests who are vegan or vegetarian.

cooked lentils in pot

Cranberry Baked Brie

Bring out the toasted bread and crackers for this one. Thi starter dish is the perfect way to get the party going with its rich and deliciousness that is sure to have your guests coming back for more.

Prime Rib Recipe

This amazing holiday meal requires simple ingredients that your family and friends will be sure to love. Paired with some of the best side dishes, this juicy roast will be sure to please a crowd.

Ingredients

Instructions for Your Prime Rib Roast

This perfect prime rib roast becomes a delicious dish in no time. This is one of the best recipes for prime roast and will add a hint of sweetness to your prime roast meal. Here’s how to make your juicy prime rib roast.

  1. Heat your oven to 425°F
  2. In a small saucepan, make rub sauce by mix together maple syrup, salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme and paprika.
  3. Whisk for 3-5 minutes and set aside.
  4. Rub your prime rib roast with olive oil, honey and your rub sauce.
  5. Place the roast in a roasting pan and pour vegetable broth and red wine over the roast, letting it fall into the bottom of the pan.
  6. Roast for 15 minutes at 425°F. Reduce heat to 325°F and continue roasting for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature has reached 130°F, which would be medium rare.

For best results, check the center of roast with a digital meat thermometer for the desired temperature.

Remove from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Cover in aluminium foil until you’re ready to serve. Enjoy!

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The Best Prime Rib Recipe

Chloe
This delicious, juicy and tender prime rib recipe will please any crowd, big or small.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 830 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Heat your oven at 425°F
  • In a small saucepan, make rub sauce by mix together maple syrup, salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme and paprika.
  • Whisk for 3-5 minutes and set aside.
  • Rub your prime rib roast with olive oil, honey and your rub sauce.
  • Place the roast in a roasting pan and pour vegetable broth and red wine over the roast, letting it fall into the bottom of the pan.
  • Roast for 15 minutes at 425°F. Reduce heat to 325°F and continue roasting for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature has reached 130°F, which would be medium rare.
  • Take your prime rib out of the oven, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 20-25 minutes before carving.
  • Slice against the grain at ½ inch thickness. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Here are some helpful tips on making your prime rib the star of the show:
  • To make your prime rib rare, cook until thermometer reaches 120°F (about 10-12 minutes per pound)
  • To make your prime rib medium rare, cook until thermometer reaches 125°F (about 12 minutes per pound)
  • To make your prime rib medium, cook util thermometer reaches 140°F (about 13 minutes per pound)
  • To make your prime rib medium well, cook until thermometer reaches 150°F ( about 14-15 minutes per pound)
Other things to keep in mind:
  • Keep in mind that a meat thermometer is used to check the doneness of your prime rib. Not all ovens or roasts are the same, so keep that in mind.
  • The prime rib will continue to cook even when it’s taken out of the oven. Your thermometer will continue to rise 5-10 degrees, so make sure to remove your roast from the oven 5-10 degrees before it reaches its doneness temperature.
  • Make sure when you remove the roast from the oven, you cover it with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 20-25 minutes before carving.
  • Carve your prime rib by slicing against the grain at about 1/2 inch thickness. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 830kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 44gFat: 89gSaturated Fat: 36gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 706mgPotassium: 786mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 420IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 6mg
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Tips And Variations For Your Holiday Menu

A great way to make this special dish even more delicious is to add traditional sides to your dinner table.

  • For added flavor, letting your roast sit overnight in the fridge with your rub mixture will allows your roast to soak in all the flavors in time for your holiday meal.
  • When your roast rests for 15 minutes before slicing, you allows your roast to soak in all the juices. This gives your roast a juicy flavor.
  • For added flavor and color, add carrots and onions to the bottom of your roasting pan for an appealing look.
  • Store your leftovers in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

The best way to enjoy this prime rib meal and all your holiday spreads is with your loved ones.

FAQS

What To Make With Leftover Prime Rib?

If you have leftover roast, you’ll want to make sure your food doesn’t go to waste. A good idea to is use your leftovers to make prime rib sandwiches. You can also make Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, roast beef burritos or whatever you’re in the mood for.

How Long Is leftover Prime Rib Good For?

It’s a good idea to make sure you wrap and store your prime rib after dinner in plastic wrap or in a storage container. Prime rib is good for five to seven days in the refrigerator and can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

How Do You Reheat Prime Rib And Keep It Rare?

When reheating your roast, you’ll want to use aluminum foil so that you don’t dry it out. Wrap your roast in foil and add 1/4 cup of vegetable stock or beef stock. This will help retain the moisture and the flavor of the prime rib. Place it in the oven at 300°F for 10-12 minutes, until it has reached an internal temperature of 165°F.

What Temperature Is Medium Rare Prime Rib?

For those that like medium rare, the internal temperature of your roast should be 125•F which is considered medium rare. Your roast shouldn’t cook past an internal temperature of 140°F which is considered medium. Anything beyond this temperature will melt all the fat, leaving your roast dry, tough, and chewy.

What Vegetables Go Well With Prime Rib?

While the side dishes listed above in this post are all amazing choices, some of the best vegetable sides for your roast dinner are green beans and spinach. Adding a side of mashed potatoes will pair just as nicely and you have yourself a well-rounded meal.

What Desserts Should I Serve After My Prime Rib Dinner?

This is totally up to you! Some good ideas are to serve sweet potato pie, holiday cookies, or salted caramel pie. There are endless additions to add to your holiday party.

Final Thoughts

This is the perfect time to make this holiday roast extra special this holiday season. Complement your dish with some of the best sides to make this meal one of the best holiday dinners for your loved ones.

Enjoy your holiday season with this amazing meal that is sure to please a crowd, big or small. Did you make this dish? I’d love to know about it in the comments below!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to make this on Christmas Day. With the addition of honey and maple syrup, I’m excited to have a bit of sweetness to this roast.